Honda has planned to gatecrash the Hyundai Creta‘s party in 2016 with its rendition of the small SUV, a category that is easily one of the most popular in India right now. The car in question is the BR-V, yet another product derived from the Brio‘s platform. Honda scrapped its initial plans of bringing the HR-V to India citing high production costs and decided to develop an all-new product instead.
The BR-V shares a lot with existing Honda products in order to keep costs in check. Although the SUV is positioned above the Mobilio MPV, there is still a price overlap, which could lead to a slight bit of cannibalism within the ranks of Honda. We take a look at exactly what sets the BR-V and Mobilio apart and how they compare with each other in our Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio spec sheet comparison.
Also See – Honda BR-V Price List | Tata Hexa vs BR-V | 2016 Honda Civic Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Price Comparison Currently, the petrol Mobilio retails for INR 7.10 lacs – INR 10.60 lacs while the diesel costs INR 8.60 lacs- 12.25 lacs. The BR-V costs around two lakhs more retailing in the INR 8.75-13 lac region. For the extra money, all you get is increased ground clearance, better looks, and more features.
Such pricing places it bang in the Hyundai Creta territory. Also, with 7 seats on offer, the BR-V could also end up rivaling MPVs such as the Renault Lodgy and the upcoming Toyota Innova Crysta. Here’s how the expected prices of the Honda BR-V compare with the ex-showroom, Delhi prices of the Mobilio. Model Honda BR-V Honda Mobilio Petrol E INR 8.99 Lakhs INR 7.10 Lakhs S INR 9.40 Lakhs INR 8.
19 Lakhs V INR 11.29 Lakhs INR 9.49 lacs V (O) – INR 10.06 lakhs VX INR 11.84 lakhs – V CVT INR 11.99 Lakhs – Diesel E INR 10.40 Lakhs INR 8.60 Lakhs S INR 11.10 Lakhs INR 9.36 Lakhs V INR 12.20 Lakhs INR 10.55 Lakhs V (O) – INR 11.12 Lakhs VX INR 12.90 Lakhs – The BR-V commands a significant premium over the Mobilio, which is a little hard to justify considering all you really get is a slightly better exterior and probably a couple more features.
Honda’s high pricing could also turn out to be a disadvantage for the BR-V when compared with the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Honda BR-V Video [embedded content] Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Specifications Comparison Honda BR-V Honda Mobilio Length x Width x Height 4456x1735x1666 mm 4386x1683x1603 mm Kerb Weight -NA- 1246 kg Wheel Type and Size 16-inch alloys 15-inch alloys Boot Space -NA- 223 litres Engine Type/ Displacement 1.
5 L Petrol/1.5 L diesel 1.5 L Petrol/1.5 L diesel Power 119 bhp/98.6 bhp 118 bhp/99 bhp Torque 145 Nm/200 Nm 145 Nm/200 Nm Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed MT/6-speed MT/CVT 5-speed MT/5-speed MT Mileage 16 kpl/21.9 kpl 17.3 kpl/24.2 kpl The BR-V borrows the Mobilio’s engines without much change in specifications. Additionally, Honda is offering the small SUV with a CVT borrowed from the Honda City, but only in the petrol guise.
The diesel motor comes with a 6-speed manual and the petrol gets a 6-speed manual as well. There isn’t a significant difference in terms of specifications as both models are powered by the same engines. Which means, the diesel Honda BR-V is the least powerful amongst its direct competitors like the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Also, it will be a little disadvantaged by the lack of a diesel automatic variant.
The specifications of the Honda BR-V do little justice to the price premium one will have to pay for the SUV over the Mobilio. No Diesel automatic variant for the Honda BR-V Also See – Honda BR-V: Another Failure from Honda? Design The Honda BR-V features a new, aggressive front end complete with projector headlamps, LED pilot lamps and black cladding. Adding to the SUV appeal are roof rails, beefier tyres, and faux skid plates at the front and the back.
The taillamp design is interesting as the units are connected via a thin strip running through the boot. In side profile, both cars are almost identical featuring the same, slightly unconventional window line and a very large glass house. It also gets an increased ride height, and new front and rear bumpers. On the inside, Honda has, thankfully, ditched the Brio’s spartan, low rent interiors for a more premium design that is reminiscent of the Honda Jazz and identical to what we have seen in the recently launched Amaze facelift.
Both cars offer seven seats and almost the same amount of interior space. However, the Mobilio facelift that will be launched this year will get the same interiors as the BR-V. Therefore, essentially, both models will have the exact same cabin. Also See – Honda BR-V vs Honda City Features In comparison to the Mobilio, the BR-V gets some extra equipment. This includes automatic climate control, push-button start, standard dual front airbags and more.
Other additions include leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. LED tail lamps, projector headlamps, and LED DRLs are also being offered, at least on the top spec trims. However, some significant omissions include a touchscreen AVN, parking sensors, and reverse parking camera. Surprisingly, the Honda BR-V does not get a touchscreen AVN Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio – Expert Verdict Both cars are powered by the same set of engines, offer seven seats and are underpinned by the same platform.
The Honda BR-V looks and feels more upmarket than the Mobilio. Then there is the SUV appeal and the added advantage of an optional automatic transmission. However, following the price announcement made by Honda, the BR-V does not make a very strong case for itself, but could still end up poaching Mobilio’s customers. Design – The BR-V is definitely the better looking of the two with its beefy styling, SUV-ish styling, and improved interiors.
However, both models possess that unmistakable MPV silhouette. Features – Honda offers the BR-V with more features than the Mobilio. However, the facelifted Mobilio, when launched, could get the additional features as well. Specifications – Apart from the optional CVT, everything else is shared by the two Honda products. The BR-V is be powered by the same 1.5-litre diesel from Honda known for its high NVH and low refinement levels.
Price – The BR-V sits in the 9-13 lacs price bracket making it considerably more expensive than the Mobilio MPV. We hope our Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio comparison helped you in figuring out which of these two makes more sense. Stay tuned to Car Blog India for more updates on Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio. Also stay tuned for car news, test drive reviews and more posts like the Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio comparison story we have here.
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The Honda City's 5-speed Automatic is a competent gearbox. Plonking this transmission into the agile & peppy Brio seems like a good recipe. It definitely sounds more exciting than the "geared for economy" CVT offered in the Thai-spec Brio. Compared to the Brio MT, the AT's turning radius has increased by 0.2 meters, due to the wider track needed for accommodating the AT gearbox. The box wasn't originally designed for the Brio; this combination is available only in India.
There are no changes to the Brio's beige & black interiors, save for the AT gear shifter, missing clutch pedal and gear mode display on the instrument console. The Brio doesn't have a dead pedal, something that should have been in the "must-have" list for engineers. Still, there is sufficient space for your left foot, and the floor is nicely contoured as well. The ergonomics are top notch overall.
Only thing I really missed was the driver's seat height adjustment. There is definitely a compromise with this "one size fits all" approach and I found the seat to be a tad too high for my taste. Those with a shorter build will be happy though. The chunky steering wheel has no leather cladding, yet the choice of material is good.Expectedly, the gearbox doesn't get the City's paddle shifters. The AT has a standard P-R-N-D layout, along with the old school D3-2-1 modes to compensate for the absence of tiptronic.
The gearshift knob is carried over from the Honda Civic, which is surely better than the plain-jane piece of the City. Note that the gear modes aren't illuminated at night.The Brio's 1.2L i-VTEC engine is rated at 87 BHP (@ 6,000 rpm) and 109 Nm of torque (@ 4,500 rpm). The powerplant starts with the now familiar sounding note. Within the first few meters itself, I could feel the extra support from the torque converter.
Low end response is stronger than in the Brio MT, the engine now pulling with a certain amount of eagerness. With light accelerator inputs, upshifts are pretty early @ 2,000 rpm. Prod the accelerator some more and you'll see the gearbox moving up at 3,000 rpm. Along with light controls, good visibility and a short turning radius, the Brio AT is absolutely effortless to drive in dense city traffic.
The gearshifts are acceptably smooth, though you still know when the gearbox is moving up or down. Crawling in traffic, even without any accelerator input, the Brio AT moves with a lot more pace than is normal. In a gridlock, you'll need to generously apply the brakes to keep crawling speeds in check.The ratios are smartly chosen for this 1.2L engine. The initial 3 gears are quite short, while the 4th & 5th are tall.
Out on the open road with a heavy right foot, the gearbox responds well. Shift times are good and the Brio holds gears to the redline. The AT is quick to respond to any inputs from the accelerator pedal. Acceleration is satisfactory, though of course, the Brio AT is nowhere as quick as its MT sibling. One area of disappointment is the NVH at high rpms; the engine & drivetrain sound more stressed and unrefined, compared to the Brio MT.
It's only when you start driving with medium accelerator inputs that you start discovering the gearbox' shortcomings. With the accelerator pressed halfway, the otherwise well-sorted transmission ends up feeling puzzled. You'll frequently find it revving the engine by holding onto a gear unnecessarily, or upshifting when the same isn't required. I had to make the Brio AT upshift at times by releasing the accelerator pedal and, conversely, pressing it a little harder to drop a gear.
The Brio AT felt perfectly at home cruising on the Greater Noida Expressway at 100 kph. The engine was spinning at a relaxed 2,100 rpm, with the car feeling perfectly planted. 5th gear is a lot taller than on the Brio MT which sees 100 kph @ 3,000 rpm. Highway fuel economy should be satisfactory. Just like the Brio MT, the AT's top speed is electronically limited to 140 kph. When cruising on the highway, I missed paddle shifters the most, as I couldn't figure out a way to accelerate in the same gear; even the slightest pedal pressure makes the gearbox drop a gear, when it could very well have accelerated in the same gear.
The go-kart like agile handling remains the same, along with a quick & reasonably direct (albeit over-servo'ed!) steering. You can have a whole lot of fun throwing the Brio into corners. The weakest link is the tyres that start protesting early in the game. The suspension set-up remains similar to the MT variant we tested last year, with the same uncomfortable rear suspension on bad roads. High speed composure for such a small car is impressive.
Last edited by GTO : 1st April 2013 at 22:04. Reason: Max torque made at 4,500 rpm